A 10 year reflection - 10 reasons why I still like Crossfit.

Hill Run at the 2008 Games

Hill Run at the 2008 Games

I have been doing Crossfit since 2007.  That’s 10 years! Crazy to even think about.   This weekend the Crossfit World Games are happening.  Some of the sport has really been commercialized and made LARGE.  But I remember why I started and those reasons still hold true.

  1. Goals! Crossfit changes the goals of fitness from get skinny to get stronger, fitter, and faster. Speaking from experience, I feel women especially benefit from this change in mindset. It’s a super cool feeling to set a measurable goal and then ACHIEVE IT.
  2. Measurable - this somewhat plays off of point #1. Crossfit workouts are measurable, by time, rounds or weights - everything you do had some measureable component to it. This allows you to focus on progression and instead of simply 'working out to workout' and gives you a benchmark that one day you can look back on and think - look how far I have come, damn I am good!
  3. Repeatable. You can repeat old crossfit workouts and admire your evolving fitness levels.
  4. Proper form. The best always teach the basics. Form is taught do that you can be sure you are completing the movement safely and to a set standard so as to ensure when repeating workouts everything is consistent.
  5. Crossfit movements mimic our basic human movements that came from other disciplines. Gymnastics moves like squats, pull-ups, sit-ups, Olympic lifting movements such as snatch and cleans, and cardiovascular movements like running, rowing, skipping etc. There is nothing new here. If you have ever ran 5 kms or tested your 1RM back squat - SURPRISE YOU JUST DID "CROSSFIT".
  6. It's fun to do with others. Crossfit builds a sport like structure around fitness, making it more fun to complete with friends. There is a reason there are 10 000 000 000 Crossfit gyms now. But did you know many of them started in someone's garage? A lot of the workouts came from a morning brainstorming session in someone's driveway - which all the crazies agreed on, then completed the workout like stubborn humans because no one wanted to be the one to stop - and then they all ate food.  The end, simple.
  7. They are efficient. You can workout for 3 minutes to 45 minutes. They are quick, sweaty and EFFECTIVE. I like that.
  8. They are scaleable to all fitness levels. I use crossfit methodologies with my new clients as well as with people who I have been working with forever. The workouts are "fun" and engaging. When it comes to maintaining a base level of fitness, they do the job.
  9. They teach mental strength. Like all sports, there is a mental aspect. To some it may just be getting over the hurdle of walking into the gym.  Others are maybe stuck in the middle of a workout trying to row at a sub 2 min 500m pace before running 800m. Maybe you dread burpees, but you get the picture - you learn how to work through things - which I find beneficial in normal day-to-day life.
  10. They are fun, eventually. I love the feeling of laying on the ground looking around the room at my equally exhausted friends (some of them new) and saying - that was fun, right!?